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All Natural Home Remedies for Common Illness

You may not always need medication for these common ailments. Reach for these all natural remedies, that are probably already in your pantry, before reaching for the meds.

Medicine is not always the answer. Sometimes you can get the healing powers that you need from the foods that you eat. Consider these choices for some common ailments, before you reach for the meds. 

  • Stress or Anxiety: Try a banana next time you are feeling anxious or stressed. Bananas contain tons of B6, which is known to reduce stress and give you a boost of serotonin, and make you feel a little calmer. Fight your next crisis with this favourite fruit!
  • Constipation or Gas: Yoghurt is great for helping your digestive system function more effectively. Because it contains so much gut friendly bacteria, you will find that your system works better. Yoghurt helps to combat bloating gas and can make your body better at handling certain gassy foods, like beans and dairy products.
  • High Blood Pressure: Reach for raisins when you have high blood pressure. They are high in potassium and polyphenols that are great for cardiovascular health.
  • Kidney Stones: Kidney stones form when too many minerals accumulate in the urine. When you eat dried apricots, your body will get the healthy minerals that help to prevent the formation of kidney stones or calcium oxalate stones.
  • Bad Mood: Feeling cranky? Try some tunafish. Canned tuna contains tons of omega-3s, which can help regulate your mood and help you feel better. 
  • Nausea: When your tummy is upset, reach for ginger tea. Whether you are having motion sickness, morning sickness, or even a hangover, ginger tea can help to fix the nausea you are experiencing. Avoid medicines that may cause dry mouth or drowsiness and reach for this natural remedy instead.
  • Upset Stomach: Another way to soothe an upset stomach is by eating fresh basil. Basil naturally contains eugenol, which can help protect your stomach from pain and cramps, and ease nausea. Eugenol kills off certain bacteria that may be the culprit when your stomach is upset.
  • High Cholesterol: Pears contain a high amount of fibre in a small package. They also contain pectin, which is known to help reduce bad cholesterol levels, making pears a terrific choice for those with any risk of heart disease.  
  • Coughing: Reach for buckwheat honey when you have a cough. Studies have shown that this may be even more effective and throat soothing than the cough syrups you can buy, plus it contains plenty of antioxidants that can battle the illness causing the cough.
  • Ulcers: Cabbage packs a powerful punch when it comes to battling ulcers. Cabbage contains sulforaphane, which is known to help control some of the nasty bacteria that can cause ulcers, and may even help prevent the growth of certain types of ulcers. Grab some cabbage, get a boost of vitamin C and fibre, and keep your stomach well protected from any ulcers.
  • Insomnia: Turkey contains tryptophan, which is known to make you feel drowsy. Have you looked around after Thanksgiving dinner and seen your whole family dozing off? Tryptophan is an amino acid that can help boost serotonin and melatonin, and help you fall asleep better. 
  • Hemorrhoids: Figs contain high levels of fibre, and can help prevent hemorrhoids, or help to prevent them from returning if you have suffered before. They also contain tons of potassium and manganese, minerals essential to your good health.
  • Fatigue: When you are feeling sluggish and tired, reach for orange juice. This tasty beverage is the perfect way to jump start your energy and help get you going in the right direction. Orange juice helps your body effectively metabolize iron, and will help your body get more oxygen to the right places to keep your energy high and steady throughout the day.
  • Yeast Infection: Garlic is well known to have many healing properties, and fighting yeast infections is one of the benefits. Garlic helps to inhibit the growth of certain fungi in the system that can cause yeast infections. Eat garlic regularly if you struggle to control yeast infections.
  • Heartburn: Chamomile tea has many healing properties and can help you feel very calm and relaxed. It can also effectively treat heartburn, by neutralizing many of the acids that are produced in people with acid reflux. Drink this tea regularly if you suffer from frequent heartburn, and you may avoid having to take medications.
  • Headache: Instead of aspirin, try eating a potato when you have a headache. The potassium and vitamin C, and the healthy carbs in the potatoes, will increase serotonin levels and help soothe that pesky headache.
  • You do not always need to reach for medication for many minor common ailments. Before taking a pill, try these remedies that are all natural and probably already in your home!

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